Royal Hospital Chelsea - London Remembers WW1

A Drumhead Service to commemorate the actions of the London Divisions during the final Hundred Days Offensive of the First World War was held at the Royal Hospital on Saturday 1 September 2018.

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The Immediate Past Master, Air Commodore Stephen Anderton and his wife Judith, represented the Master and the Company at this splendid service. It was sponsored and organised by the Greater London Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  The military contingents on parade were: The Chelsea Pensioners, The Royal Yeomanry and their Band, Maritime Reserves from HMS PRESIDENT and HMS WILDFIRE, The Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish, The London Regiment, 600 (CITY of London) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (The FANYs). The North London Military Wives Choir provided a lovely London Medley of songs.

The invited audience consisted of the Mayors and dignitaries from all the London Boroughs, representatives from the Embassies whose troops fought in that period of WW1, The City of London, led by Alderman Peter Estlin and a large number of Livery Company Masters and Consorts.

After a generous buffet lunch all the guests were invited to watch a WW1 Youth and Community Event across the road from the Hospital at Burton Court. There were: Education Workshops, Military Vehicles, Cadet Continuity Drill and Marching Display, Cadet Force Corps of Drums and a Veteran Voice Choir.